REDMOND — Throwing a no-hitter and striking out a school-record 19 hitters, Allicitie Frost opened the Class 5A softball playoffs with a bang.
But the Ridgeview junior was more concerned with what she could have done better after Wednesday’s 11-0 victory over North Bend.
“It sounds pretty good but at the same time I had some walks in there,” said Frost, who blamed her five walks on a late release point, which caused the ball to sail high. “I’ll fix that tomorrow and come out hot on Friday.”
That’s when the No. 1-seeded Ravens will host No. 8 Central in the quarterfinal round.
Navigating a light rainfall to strike out the first seven North Bend hitters of the game, Frost allowed her first walk with one out in the third inning before regrouping to strike out four more Bulldogs in a row.
“I think that’s what had me thinking too much,” Frost said of the perfect game and strikeout streak. “I just focused on my release point and dialed in. My spins worked really well.”
North Bend put only one fair ball in play, a fifth-inning grounder that Ravens second baseman Marley Sargent fielded and tossed to shortstop Kiani Nakamura for a force-out. The Bulldogs also hit a fly ball in foul territory, which first baseman Natalie Hill caught in the seventh inning.
“It’s nice having Frost pitch but you have to stay on your toes, too,” Hill said. “You never know when something is going to get through so you can’t just take a break back there (on defense).”
At the plate, Ridgeview cranked out 12 hits and scored in all but one inning. The Ravens scored one run in the first inning, three in the second, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Hill, who scored the Ravens first run on a wild pitch, was 4-for-5 with two triples and four RBIs.
“I just saw the ball really well,” Hill said.
Sage McVay and Lorena Vasquez were both 2-for-4 at the plate.
Like Frost, Ridgeview coach Sandy Fischer thought the Ravens could have played better.
“Not our best performance but it was a good one to have and get out of the way and now we can go back to the drawing board and play a little better,” Fischer said. “I want a little bit more focus, some base-running stuff we need to clean up and pick a few better pitches to hit.”
“I’m really excited,” Hill said of advancing to the 5A quarterfinal round, where Ridgeview’s season has ended each of the past two years. “It will just get tougher as we go and that will be really fun.”
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